Kim Harris Teacher

As far back as I can remember, I had always wanted to be a teacher.  Many lessons were taught to my stuffed animals in my bedroom for several years while in grade school.  As I continued through junior high and high school the dream was still present.  So after high school I began chasing my dream.

I loved attending college and loved learning.  I wanted to take as many classes as I could.  My first year of college was at Casper College in Casper, Wyoming. With only 6 hours needed to graduate, I decided to move to Colorado.  There I earned my Associate’s Degree from AIMS Community College in Greeley, Colorado.  I also attended the University of Northern Colorado.  I later returned back to Wyoming to continue my education.  I loved college and was in no hurry to graduate.  In fact, I’d probably still be a full time student, but my mother said it was time for me to graduate and get a job.  She said the money tree was dead. My Bachelor’s Degree comes from the University of Wyoming.

My first two years of teaching were at Bad Water Elementary School.  It was a one-room school located on Clear Creek Ranch about 86 miles from Casper, Wyoming.  During those two years, I taught a total of two students.  I taught Kindergarten, First, and Fourth Grades during the day, and at night we hung out at the barn, rode horses, branded cows, and helped pull calves during calving season.  After two years, I transferred from the smallest school in the district to one of the largest schools, Crest Hill Elementary, in Casper, Wyoming.  While there, I taught four years of Second Grade and one year of Fourth Grade.

In 2001 I moved to Arlington, Texas to teach at Ashworth Elementary School.  Ashworth has been my home for the last 16 years.  I taught 13 years in Fourth Grade, and in August of 2014 I was offered the teaching position for the Dyslexia Intervention Program.  Immediately I said yes to the offer.  As I child, I too struggled with reading, writing and spelling.  I was eager to learn how to help students like me be more successful.  What an amazing program it is!  I love this program and have seen success in the short time I’ve been teaching it.  Having dyslexia does not mean that one cannot learn.  It just simply means that the dyslexic student learns in a different way.  I wish there had been a program like this when I was in school.

I currently serve as the Ashworth Safety Patrol Sponsor, PTA Board, Trunk or Treat/Fall Carnival Coordinator, and a campus tutor during and after school.

Education is my chosen field because I love kids, love learning and working with children.  Watching the students grow academically is rewarding.  I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.